EMC sues HDS over patents

Storage vendor EMC has hit out at rival Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) by filing six patent infringement complaints with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US District Court in Massachusetts.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  April 16, 2002

Storage vendor EMC has hit out at rival Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) by filing six patent infringement complaints with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US District Court in Massachusetts.

EMC claims that HDS and Hitachi unlawfully imported products into the US, which infringed patents on its products, including its Symmetrix Remote Data Facility and TimeFinder software products.

A statement from the company said: “After nearly four years if attempting to resolve these issues amicably, EMC is asking the ITC to block importation of Hitachi’s infringing software, including those products sold by HDS.”

The storage giant is also seeking damages for the infringement with its District Court action.

“Like any innovator, EMC’s enduring value is our intellectual property, WE must protect that intellectual property as a matter of principle,” said Paul Dacier, senior vice president & general counsel, EMC.

“Hitachi has a history of copying technology invented by others and infringing patents. It is a matter of responsibility to our shareholders, customers, employees and business partners to protect their investments in EMC’s most valuable technology assets,” Dacier added.

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